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15th Feb 2015

“You’re Not Fat” – 16 Things You Wish You Could Tell Your 16-Year-Old Self

There is nothing sweet about being 16, MTV lied.


Hindsight truly is a wonderful thing.

The majority of us look back on our school years, reminisce and think things like, ‘those were the days’ and ‘we didn’t know how good we had it.’

Although we do not have many regrets, there are a few things we wish we could go back and adjust, mainly our self-deprecating attitudes and naivety.

Here are the 16 things we wish we could tell our 16-year-old selves…


1. There is nothing sweet about being 16, MTV lied.

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2. Less is more. You do not need to wear that much make up.

3. Do not follow the ‘in’ fashion trends, you will regret this in later life.


4. You are not fat.

5. Everyone won’t like you and you won’t like everyone… The world just sadly doesn’t work like that.

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6. Don’t change yourself just to fit in when you can stand out, (we may have stole this from a cheesy inspirational picture online).

7. You will have your heartbroken. Yes, it will hurt. Really badly.

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8. Braids do not suit you now, and sadly never will.

9. The world does not revolve around you.

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10. Your mother is always right.

11. Your parents are your friends, something that you sadly won’t realise until well into your 20s (or later).

12. It’s okay not to know what to do with your life, you’ll change your mind many times. Don’t beat yourself up about college courses, careers advice or finding the perfect job. Things will work out.

13. We all have cringe-worthy photos… which many of us recently downloaded from Bebo.

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14.  Your friends now, won’t always be your friends. Some of you will grow apart and circumstances will change but you still have the BFF bracelets and the wonderful memories. 

15.  Don’t select your boyfriend as your Bebo other half. You will break up and this will be awkward.


16. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…